Title: Animal Farm By: George Orwell
I’ve only gotten a hold of this book this year and I am ashamed to say that this was recommended to me like two years ago. *Puts the cone of shame and stays in a corner* Man, I missed a lot of it. But still it’s better late than ever, right?
I… I just cannot believe it. I’ve reacted so many times while reading this masterpiece. Still, until now I’ve got so many feels that I don’t know which one to discuss first.
One thing is for sure, in this exquisite book, it seemed the animals were more humane than the human. I felt bad for the animals more than the humans (and eventually the pigs). It was a treat and at the same time heartbreaking and full of disgust at the first chapter when Old dear Major made his speech. What it made it more effective was how Orwells, made you see in the point of view of these animals we as humans see as nothing more as pets, sadly food or simply put as animals..something lower than us, which technically it is true because we have a more higher intellect, right? But Orwells placed a humane thing in them. Seeing in their own eyes how it is to be animals and make it so brutally honest. And right then there, BAAM! You’re hooked on these animals. You feel for them in instant.
Usually, once you’re readers are hooked…feel for the characters…sympathize with them…it’s hard to consistently keep them sympathetic to them throughout the story. Well, for me that is. Hehe Actually even if you do feel for this animals you have that rooting for them in the end. It had that combination, ‘I feel for you and support you no matter what’ and you’re just with them throughout the story. And I think, Orwell wanted you as readers be hooked to them in the sympathetic level but to the support system level as well because Orwell has a lot on his bag of tricks for this book.
You see, in this book, there is no happy ending. Yes, you’d think, ‘that’s so sad. How awful. Why?’ However, I think otherwise, as sad as it maybe it’s effective and it’s pretty much slowly opening a carefully wrapped plastic see through of raw meat and once it’s opened even though you know how it looks like, how it feels like, how deeply you know how it will turn out in the end, you get this surprise and shock at the end. Because we all know, even if that meat is gorgeous it is going to the boiling hot water.
From a rebellion for freedom and equality it slowly escalated to coming back to what was once the animals feared. For the reader it was so obvious that the things the pigs were doing or saying were lies and deceiving the poor animals the reader soon loved and root for. I think the interesting thing about this was how Orwell stayed true on his characters- the animals. We all know animals aren’t as smart as humans are. With this in mind, Orwell made use of that in this book and resulted on us readers to be frustrated for our beloved characters not to see what was happening to them. And I guess that’s the thing, Orwell wanted to comment on those times he saw the big picture that is happening in the world, apparently the world is inside this big snow globe and the glass is way to thick for Orwell to shout out at us and say: ‘HEEEEEY! Wake you fooools!’
It’s ironic how at first the animals want to be equal, free and to be better beings than the humans. Had that idealistic approach to life and then a superior animal takes advantage of everyone and then in the end, he attained still as an animal. What an animal is… what we humans really sometimes see them…savage creatures. To think many people think a snake is a good representative of a liar, sly, traitor. But a pig? Oh wow! That’s a new level of it sir Orwells! *clap* *clap* *clap* It’s an interesting choice, I mean I do hear that they are smart creatures. However, I didn’t think a pig was a villainous choice. Then again, I was surprised. Maybe that element of surprise was Orwell’s point. He wanted a character no one was thinking will be sly and horrible. He wanted the readers to be surprised as his other characters was.
I still got lots of things to discuss…about what I felt on this lovely book however, I think it will take a long time to finish. I do want to share this part that struck and got me to ponder. (This might be a bit long..hehe)
‘Never had the farm-and with a kind of surprise they remembered that it was their own farm, every inch of it their own property –appeared to the animals so desirable a place…’ (Animal Farm p.61)
‘If she could have spoken her thoughts, it would have been to say that this was not what they have aimed at when they had set themselves years ago to work for the overthrow of the human race. These scenes of terror and slaughter were not what they had looked forward to on that night when old Major first stirred them to rebellion. If she herself had any picture of the future, it had been of a society of animals set free from hunger and the whip, all equal, each working according to his capacity, the strong protecting the weak, as she protected the lost brood of ducklings with her foreleg on the night of Major’s speech. Instead- she did not know why-they had come to a time when no one dared speak his min, when fierce, growling dogs roamed everywhere, and when you had to watch your comrades torn to pieces after confessing to shocking crimes. There was no thought of rebellion or disobedience in her mind. She knew that, even as things were, they were far better off than they had been in the days of Jones.” (Animal Farm p.61)
This part of the book, struck me. Clover was in her contemplating moment. A moment or reflection you as a reader would think…’go on ahead…keep going…you’re almost there. You’re getting’ it and then just like that…gone. Lost again. She was that close to realizing something important and then goes back to… “No…let’s just do this. Keep doing it.” It makes you cringe; it makes you cry out of frustration but see, that’s the thing. Orwell wanted to show not only the cruelty of having a tyrant taking advantage of the people but the view of the blinded people or rather in here- animals. It’s a comment of how Orwell sees the people too. Some people, they rebel do all what they can, some people are just not that smart enough to put the pieces together and blindly follow, some have the pieces together but they keep on following denying to themselves that this is better than the other evil.
It’s heartbreaking and it’s the sad truth.
In the end, of course, I’ll definitely say this book was a great read! Simple yet makes you think and ponder with so many things.
Hopefully for my next insights it would be comics! 🙂
Til, next time